“Turning the page: Same South, new voice?” essay by Lauren K. Denton

Essay by Lauren K. Denton Writers come from everywhere, yet it seems the South produces them at a higher rate than usual. Here, we tell stories—those we make up and others that have been passed down through generations. Maybe it’s easier—or more necessary—to tell stories down South, to put fictional lives on paper to make […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Lindsay Parnell, Author of Dogwood

AM: Thanks for taking the time to talk to Southern Literary Review about your novel, Dogwood. This is a remarkable and poignant book, literary fiction at its finest. You toy with stream-of-consciousness and alternating narration in the book. Why? LP: The articulation of Harper’s journey and the journey itself are irreversibility fused together. Harper’s story […]

“MISS JULIA ROCKS THE CRADLE,” BY ANN B. ROSS

Reviewed by Paul H. Yarbrough If you haven’t read any of Ann Ross’s Miss Julia series, you have missed a clever protagonist and delightful character with whom you could have become quite close. Miss Julia is a light-plotted Miss Marple with a touch of Jan Karon’s easy-going, Southern, genteel, feminine style (think Mitford series). Ms. […]

December Read of the Month: “Larry Brown: A Writer’s Life,” by Jean W. Cash

Reviewed by Philip K. Jason Professor Cash’s life story of Mississippi author Larry Brown sets a high standard for biographies of contemporary authors. Her study is a model of how to absorb abundant and varied research materials into a sturdy, accessible prose style. Cash neatly balances materials about Brown’s personal life, his progress as a […]

“The Color of Lies,” by Donna Meredith

Reviewed by Philip K. Jason In the season of Barack Obama’s successful presidential campaign, the stability of a small South Georgia town is threatened by racial stresses and strains. A racial slur is found on a school blackboard. A dynamic Afro-American minister threatens a law suit against the school system, challenging its treatment of Black […]

An Interview with James Nolan

by Philip K. Jason Our review of James Nolan’s Higher Ground was posted on November 8. Contributor and new executive editor Philip K. Jason interviewed Mr. Nolan about the book. Here it is: SLR: What inspired you to build a novel about New Orleans in the aftermath of Katrina? JN: Three days after Katrina hit, […]

Award-Winning Author Anthony Grooms to Speak at Albany State

     Anthony Grooms an award-winning southern author, poet, and playwright, will participate in the Albany State University 2011 Summer Seminar on Southern Literature. Grooms will speak on Wednesday in Room 114 of the James Pendergrast Library at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.      In his first session, Grooms will discuss southern writers past and present, […]

Sautee Shadows by Denise Weimer

Click to Buy SAUTEE SHADOWS Written by Denise Weimer  Reviewed by Paul H. Yarbrough      Billed on the cover as Book One of the Georgia Gold Trilogy, Sautee Shadows is a historical novel about the South during the mid-1800s.      Weimer’s Georgia roots give her credibility as to understanding what Southern life was all about […]